Mobile Computers

Mobile computing involves interaction between the user and a small, portable computer device that can be used on site or in the field. The main aspects that comprise a mobile computer are: hardware, software, operating system and communication/wireless service provision. Modern mobile computers also often feature a raft of features; including camera, barcode scanner, phone and Internet access. This coming together of what have historically been features available on separate devices, is often referred to as Convergence.

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The significance of the iPhone Xr in a maturing smartphone market

The significance of the iPhone Xr in a maturing smartphone market

By Wayne Lam, principal analyst, mobile devices and networks, IHS Markit.

Toward the end of the Series 4 Apple Watch and updated iPhone Xs launch event in September, and after the initial fanfare of the introductions, CEO Tim Cook mentioned there was “one more thing” to be revealed.

Honeywell's rugged mobile computers go smarter with new terminal emulation software

Honeywell's rugged mobile computers go smarter with new terminal emulation software

Honeywell's ultra-rugged, mobile computers for distribution centres now feature terminal emulation software to help workers perform their tasks more efficiently via user-friendly and intuitive device interfaces.

Molton Brown improves stock accuracy with Datalogic Memor

Molton Brown improves stock accuracy with Datalogic Memor

Datalogic has announced that its Memor mobile computer is being used by luxury fragrance brand Molton Brown to improve stock accuracy and visibility across its network of 58 independent stores located in the UK, Ireland and USA and at selected concessions housed within 15 to 20 high-end department stores.

Datalogic launches the new Gryphon 2D Scanner

Datalogic launches the new Gryphon 2D Scanner

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced the new Gryphon I GD4500 2D scanner.

DENSO launches BHT-1700 and BHT-1800

DENSO launches BHT-1700 and BHT-1800

DENSO, part of the Toyota group and inventor of the QR code, has just launched two new innovative Android handhelds, which, claims the company, both take size and ergonomics to a new level.

Brighthouse migrates to Android smartphones with tailored processes for deliveries and collections using TranSend ePOD

Brighthouse migrates to Android smartphones with tailored processes for deliveries and collections using TranSend ePOD

Brighthouse, the UK rent-to-own retail chain, has used TranSend ePOD to manage deliveries and collections between its depots, stores and customers for 5 years on rugged Windows Mobile devices.

Datalogic presents the next generation Falcon X4

Datalogic presents the next generation Falcon X4

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced the new Falcon X4 Mobile Computer.

With a choice of Windows Embedded or Android operating systems, Datalogic comments that the Falcon X4 mobile computer delivers the ultimate in ergonomics, intuitive user interface, computing and data capture technologies, combined with best-in-class ruggedness.

React Transport selects EPOD system from TouchStar

React Transport selects EPOD system from TouchStar

React Transport are experts in fragile freight distribution and has operational bases in Livingston, Manchester and Reading

Information on the go - AIDC/Mobile Computing Special Technology report

Information on the go - AIDC/Mobile Computing Special Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of leading spokespeople from the vendor and analyst communities about recent, current and possible future developments within the world of automatic identification & data capture and mobile computing technology.

Janam's XM75 speeds input-intensive applications with easy-to-use keypad and touch screen in one device

Janam's XM75 speeds input-intensive applications with easy-to-use keypad and touch screen in one device

Janam Technologies LLC, provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, has introduced the newest and most powerful addition to its XM series of key-based, rugged mobile computers.

Mobile computing

 

Today with the proliferation of a new generation of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and PDAs, the emphasis is increasingly shifting to mobile and multi-device user experience, mobile social computing, next generation mobile solutions, mobile cloud services and infrastructure. Information that is readily available on a personal device anywhere, anytime has been the driving vision of mobile computing for the past two decades.

 

Mobile computing has three aspects: mobile communication, mobile hardware, and mobile software. The first aspect addresses communication issues in ad-hoc and infrastructure networks as well as communication properties, protocols, data formats and concrete technologies. The second aspect is on the hardware, e.g., mobile devices or device components. The third aspect deals with the characteristics and requirements of mobile applications.

 

Rugged Mobile devices and PDAs are used in field service and workforce management applications. They are particularly useful for field service engineers recording work in the field, communicating information back to an office environment -sending and receiving invoices, ordering parts. They are commonly used in parcel delivery with couriers using these devices to scan barcodes and record signatures as proof of delivery.

 

Innovations in wireless technology, energy-efficient portable hardware and adaptive software, has enabled a massive growth in the use of these devises for businesses across the enterprise or for personal and social use. These devices are now so versatile that employees are using smartphones for business applications (BYOD –Bring Your Own Device)

 

This phrase has become widely adopted to refer to employees who bring their own computing devices – such as smartphones, laptops and PDAs – to the workplace for use and connectivity on the corporate network.

 

BYOD Security - Employees using personal smartphones and mobile devices at work, pose a security risk. Many corporations that allow employees to use their own mobile devices at work implement a BYOD security policy that clearly outlines the company's position and governance policy to ensure network security is not compromised by employees using their own devices at work.

 

Email and Web access is a reality that is experienced by millions of users worldwide through their smartphones and tablets. Hot spot access points for Wi-Fi connection are becoming more prevalent and widespread, even in London`s underground network.

 

Cloud computing is evolving as a new paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. The confluence of hardware virtualization, cloud and mobile computing drives the new era of mobile cloud computing. Platforms such as android, iOS, Windows 7 erodes the power of computing platforms like Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS and is creating cross platform app centric environment in which end-users and in particular the consumer marketplace will drive developments in business computing. There are endless possibilities that can be brought about with the mobile cloud in the near future.

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